Signs Of A Highly Sensitive Person - Dr. Julie Smith - Deepstash

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Being a highly sensitive person is not a disorder; it's basically a neutral trait that occurs in about 15 to 20 percent of the population, where the nervous system is more sensitive than it is for others.



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Signs of a Highly Sensitive Persons:

Signs of a Highly Sensitive Persons:

  1. Awareness of Subtleties: HSPs are more aware of subtleties in their environment that others may not notice.
  2. Emotional Responsiveness: Deeply affected by others' moods.
  3. Overwhelm in Stimulating Environments: In noisy, crowded, or busy environments, HSPs may feel the need to withdraw.
  4. Strong Response to Art and Music.
  5. Overstimulation from Activity.
  6. Empathy.
  7. Sensitivity to Violence and Distress: They can be deeply affected by violent movies or the distress of others.
  8. Childhood Sensitivity: As children, they might have been seen by parents and teachers as sensitive or shy.


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Understanding Highly Sensitive People

Understanding Highly Sensitive People

Being highly sensitive is not a disorder. It has three main aspects:

  1. Depth of processing - processing information deeply.
  2. Emotional responsiveness and empathy.
  3. Sensitivity to subtle stimuli.


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Challenges of Highly Sensitive People

Challenges of Highly Sensitive People

  • Overwhelm in stimulating environments.
  • Frequent need for downtime.
  • Empathic distress vulnerability: Vulnerability to distress from others' pain.
  • Societal pressure to be less sensitive.


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Strengths of Highly Sensitive People

Strengths of Highly Sensitive People

  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Appreciation: Appreciating beauty in small things.
  • Using sensitivity as a strength.
  • Achieving balance in self-care & engagement: Balancing self-care and participation in the world.


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Sensitivity can be a strength; it's about starting to see how sensitivity can be a strength, how you can use it to your advantage, and look after yourself in the types of situations that make it a disadvantage.



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Coping and Self-Improvement for Highly Sensitive People

Coping and Self-Improvement for Highly Sensitive People

Self-knowledge: Understanding one's sensitivity as a trait, not a flaw.

Reframing: Viewing sensitivity as neutral, not a weakness.

Healing: Addressing past experiences with a qualified therapist.

Finding balance: Prioritizing self-care without isolation.


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Reframe it as a neutral trait. It's not because you're inherently wrong; it's because there's some sort of mismatch between the demands of the world around you and that trait, especially if you live in a society that promotes relentless productivity or overstimulating environments.



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Dr. Julie Smith explores the characteristics, challenges, and strengths of highly sensitive people, often referred to as HSPs. The video also offers insights into coping strategies, self-improvement, and embracing one's sensitivity as a unique strength in a fast-paced world.


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